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FSF Helps launch Windows 7 – Adds better garbage collection

Posted on | August 23, 2009 | No Comments

Hot off the FSF press from Peter Brown [Executive Director]:

Hi everyone, This Wednesday, August 26 at 11am, the Free Software Foundation will be launching its public awareness campaign, drawing attention to the threats posed by the adoption of Microsoft’s proprietary operating system. We have a launch event here in Boston on the Boston Commons from noon until 3pm, and we need everyone in the area to come along and help out and join in the ceremony as we conduct a ceremonial trashing of proprietary software. **We’ll be launching our Windows 7 campaign with pomp and fanfare, with a giant 12 foot trashcan being filled with boxes of proprietary software.**  The event promises to be lots of fun, and with thousands of people passing through the Boston Commons every day we hope you will help us connect with the public by handing out information and explaining the benefits of free software. There will be camera crews and photographers capturing the event and we will be getting these images up online as soon as possible on the day. Let us know you’re coming and bring along your friends and work colleagues – mail if you have time to help us set up, or just turn up at the Boston Commons near the entrance to the Public Gardens from noon. If you’re not in the Boston area, there will be plenty for you to do to help us launch the campaign and get the message out. Stay tuned for upcoming instructions… Thanks for your support!

These are the kind of antics (however funny) that make me wonder about the FSF. Windows 7 is very likely going to become the next XP for many people. Why not be a little more proactive and start a discussion on ensuring that the thousands of titles of free software currently available on XP works equally well on Windows 7?  Why not start a discussion to figure out how people using XP or Windows 7 actually use their computers and what opportunities might exist to make new GNU programs that would become a must-have for any Windows 7 user?

I supported the FSF backed “Bad Vista” campaign because Vista was not only morally, but technically awful.  When I say morally, I am not just referring to the fact that Vista is proprietary, the whole fiasco with the “Vista Ready” stickers caused a lot of people to waste their hard earned money on hype. However, Intel is mostly to thank for that.

I really wish a “live and let live, but do better than they do” mind set would sink in over there in Boston. All of this antagonizing is really getting old, though the antics are becoming more humorous.

Finally, given that the FSF is full of core maintainers, I wonder why the trash can is exactly 12 feet, not 13. If I was going to pull a stunt like that, I’d pick a number that came with a trepedatious connotation.


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